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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Joshua Taylor

I’ve been singing since I was two years old let my mama tell it. My father was a singer and my mother played the flute, so music chose me from the start. I then went on to singing in school choirs and started my first group in junior high school called Floe’. Our choir teacher gave us an opportunity to sing in front of the whole school and I knew at that moment I wanted to be a performer the rest of my life. Read more>>

Alvin Hope Johnson

I started in the Real Estate industry in 1982 as a painter’s helper and progressed to be a Paint Contractor and later on a General Contractor. In 1996 I was introduced to the Mortgage business because I was getting so many home owners loans for their remodel jobs, that me and a friend opened my first Mortgage Banking firm, Wholesale Lending Exchange, Inc. After working in that field for 11 years, I formed our first Non-Profit Organization, Near Town and Associates, for the purposes of providing homeowner education, grants for first time home buyers and etc. Read more>>

Tristan Ellison

Tristan is a Professional and USA Amateur Boxing instructor with over 20 years of experience. Training with the top amateur and professional boxers in New York state since the age of seven, he honed his expertise under the instruction of the legendary boxing coach Lord Johnson. After being diagnosed with lymphedema, Tristan’s boxing career declined. Although he continued to compete for several years. Read more>>

Stephanie Waitt

I always knew I wanted to help people and so I naturally found the study of human behavior pretty interesting. I studied psychology at Baylor University and attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. After graduate school I was hired to help develop the eating disorder program at Timberline Knolls. As much as I loved Chicago and Timberline Knolls the winters were really tough on this Texas gal, so after a few years I moved back to Texas. Read more>>

Gaurav Shekhar

I came to the United States as a student seeking his Master’s Degree. Like millions, I also wanted to live my American dream of being successful in the States. I was a very engaged student in the Jindal School of Management, where I was pursuing my Master’s degree in Information Technology and Management. To me the meaning of the American dream was to broaden my horizons and do something that I felt I couldn’t. Apart from my engagement at UT Dallas, I was very strongly involved in the community through Toastmasters, a 96-year old Public Speaking and Leadership organization. Read more>>

Janeen Baggette

I am a Combat Veteran, Law Enforcement Officer and K9 Handler/Trainer. Being in this realm, I have seen horrible sights, have had to endure high stress situations and have taken more than my share of abuse while working in these fields. I wanted to take a positive step to help those who I know have also been in my shoes. I didn’t want to just complain. So, I started the Organization to do just that. It has taken some twists and turns along the way, but still moving forward. Read more>>

Hannah Huntley

I first started getting interested in graphic design when my mom reopened her design business and started working again. She had been a successful graphic designer but decided to put her career on hold when I was very young in order to devote all of her time raising me and my two sisters. I was about 16 when she began working again and I became interested and wanted to learn about it. Read more>>

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